Come right on in and learn a bit about the site, our history, and of course the dedicated and talented team of mental health professionals from all over the world who have helped grow this site into one of the web’s leading resources for counselling, psychotherapy, psychology and general mental health.
People visit our site for all kinds of reasons: you can learn all about counselling and psychotherapy, look up books and articles, identify particular types of psychological distress, or try one of our psychological screening tests and quizzes.
You can also stay up to date with the latest news in psychology and mental health, or subscribe to our own RSS feeds, regular newsletter, Twitter feed or Facebook page via the graphic links in the sidebar. Visitors to CounsellingResource.com are a pretty friendly and well-informed bunch, and many leave comments on articles posted in our main site blog Psychology, Philosophy and Real Life, or submit questions to the Ask the Psychologist column (recently spun off to a separate site of its own).
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In addition to the tremendous support we’ve received from universities around the world, the UK’s National Health Service, the BBC, individual web sites of every size, and of course individual readers, we’ve also been certified by the Health on the Net Foundation as complying with the principles of their HONCode, as indicated by the display of their seal.
Who Are You?
Launched in 2002 by Dr Greg Mulhauser, by 2006 the site was beginning to grow beyond what one or two people could reasonably manage, and in 2007 we began the transition to a broader production team.
CounsellingResource.com is now the work of an international team of mental health professionals and web business specialists, including both volunteers and paid employees and consultants. Our International Advisory Board of professional and scientific faculty and our broader ‘consumer-facing’ portion of the team now includes the following.
International Advisory Board: Professional and Scientific Faculty
Dr Greg Mulhauser, Publisher
Dr Mulhauser leads the development of CounsellingResource.com while also acting as Managing Editor and, until recently, providing online counselling services (see “Online Therapy and Online Counselling”). From time to time, he provides consulting services to corporate clients and to individual practitioners in the mental health professions (see “Clinical Supervision, Training and Development”). Dr Mulhauser is the Managing Director of Mulhauser Consulting, Ltd., a company founded in 2002 as an umbrella organization for the scientific, business and technology initiatives he launched after leaving the role of corporate strategist and strategic relationship manager at one of Europe’s largest communications firms. CounsellingResource.com as a whole is provided as a service of Mulhauser Consulting, Ltd.
Mulhauser is a British Marshall Scholar and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts; a separate page provides additional information about his role as publisher, while another includes a few funky facts.
Dr Joseph M Carver, Consulting Clinical Psychologist
With a career as a psychologist spanning over three decades, Dr Carver’s background includes work in psychiatric and medical hospitals, community mental health centres, private practice, and teaching at graduate and undergraduate levels. He provides expert witness testimony for a US government agency and advises state governments. Having appeared on radio and in newspapers like The New York Times, Dr Carver is well known for his articles “Are You Dating a Loser? Identifying Losers, Controllers and Abusers” and “Stockholm Syndrome: The Psychological Mystery of Loving an Abuser”, as well as for his work on parenting, depression, PTSD, and other areas.
After contributing to CounsellingResource.com for more than a year, Dr Carver formally joined the site in 2007 as the original author of our popular Ask the Psychologist column and is now a member of our International Advisory Board.
Professor Colin Feltham
Colin Feltham is Professor of Critical Counselling Studies at Sheffield Hallam University and a Fellow of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and of the Royal Society of Arts. His publications include What’s Wrong With Us? The Anthropathology Thesis (Wiley, 2007), The Sage Handbook of Counselling & Psychotherapy (edited with Ian Horton, Sage, 2006), Brief Counselling (2nd edition, with Windy Dryden, Open University Press, 2005), Dictionary of Counselling (3rd edition, with Windy Dryden, Whurr, 2004), Controversies in Psychotherapy and Counselling (Sage, 1999), and Psychotherapy and its Discontents (edited with Windy Dryden, Open University Press, 1992). He has edited three book series for Sage and is a former editor of the British Journal of Guidance & Counselling. He has given conference keynotes throughout the UK, Europe, Canada and Kenya.
Professor Feltham’s abiding interest in the ‘big questions’ of the human condition has led him to question the origins of widespread human distress, the current environmental crisis and the prospects for humanity; his research focuses on how mental health is compromised laterally and continuously by the stresses of modern society and its institutions. Professor Feltham joined CounsellingResource.com in 2007 as a member of our International Advisory Board and also contributes to our book reviews section (see “Book Reviews”).
Dr Gareth Furber
A Clinical Psychologist, Dr Furber completed his PhD in 2006 in the area of psychological recovery following heart attack and has additional clinical training in cognitive-behavioural therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy and motivational interviewing. Based in Adelaide, Australia, Dr Furber is now involved in developing a clinical research program around relationship-based therapies for children and their caregivers as well as providing CBT interventions as part of the Flinders Medical Centre CAMHS liaison team.
Dr Furber maintains an online community for Psychology Bloggers and is the creator of PsychAntenna.com. Dr Furber joined CounsellingResource.com in 2007 as a member of our International Advisory Board.
Sarah Luczaj is a humanistic counsellor/therapist, poet and translator from the UK. She has been living in rural Poland since 1997 with her husband and two daughters. Especially interested in focusing oriented therapy and Buddhism, she has published in this field (see Spirituality and Counselling, Experiential and theoretical perspectives, edited by C Purton and J Moore and published in 2006 by PCCS Books) and is now writing a PhD on the topic. Her website at www.sarah.luczaj.com is at present in Polish only, while her online counselling practice is available at MyTherapist.com.
Sarah joined the site in 2007 to add a new perspective to the main CounsellingResource.com blog, Psychology, Philosophy and Real Life, and is now a member of our International Advisory Board.
Pat Oliver, Assistant Editor
Pat Orner Oliver is a registered Clinical Psychologist, and in 2008 she completed a Focusing-Oriented Therapy training, certified by the Focusing Institute in New York. For her undergraduate degree Pat majored in Psychology and Mathematics, and she spent nearly twenty years working in the IT field as a programmer and systems analyst. In 2001 she began re-skilling herself as a therapist and teacher and she now enjoys a variety of work in private practice, at an NGO and in schools, with a special interest in neuropsychology and learning difficulties. Pat is also a teacher of the Alexander Technique and she is a passionate, creative dancer, and dance teacher.
With this mix of training and experience, and inspired by Wholebody Focusing practice, Pat also teaches body awareness and use, helping people tune in to the body’s knowledge, wisdom and forward directions. She does this individually, in small groups, and as part of silent retreats that she facilitates with a colleague.
Pat grew up in Boston, USA and is now settled in Cape Town, South Africa.
She joined CounsellingResource.com as Assistant Editor in 2011 and is now a member of our International Advisory Board.
Dr George Simon
Dr Simon received his PhD in Clinical Psychology from Texas Tech University. He has spent much of the last 25 years gathering information about, and working with manipulators, other disturbed characters and their victims. His book In Sheep’s Clothing [Amazon-US | Amazon-UK] has been a five-star rated bestseller for nearly 13 years, is published in several foreign languages, and is regarded by many as the definitive work on manipulative characters.
A sought-after speaker who has conducted over 250 workshops and instructional seminars across the country, Dr Simon has consulted with business organizations and civic institutions about disordered personalities and has appeared on national television networks such as CNN and Fox News Network, as well as numerous regional TV and radio talk shows.
Dr Simon joined the site in 2008 as a member of our International Advisory Board and regular contributor to the main CounsellingResource.com blog, Psychology, Philosophy and Real Life. During 2009-2010, Dr Simon also became our primary contributor for the Ask the Psychologist service.
Additional Regular Contributors
In addition to members of our International Advisory Board, many of whom publish articles in one or more areas of the site, several regular contributors also write at CounsellingResource.com.
Dr Mélisande Holohan, PsyD
A licensed psychologist in the states of California and Colorado, Dr Mélisande Holohan received her degree in clinical psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology in San Francisco. Her clinical work has focused on child, adolescent, and family psychology, with a specialty in family health psychology. She did her pre- and post-doctoral clinical work at the Oakland Children’s Hospital, where she served as chief resident of the Department of Psychiatry. Most recently she worked with adolescents in a residential treatment program for girls with severe eating disorders.
Beyond common developmental issues faced by families, Dr Holohan’s areas of special interest include the psychology of illness, death, and dying. She has particular experience with children who are either ill or coping with a parent’s illness. She also enjoys working with adolescents and their families around a multitude of issues.
Mélisande currently resides in Colorado with her husband and two young sons, who continue to educate her about child development.
Dr Holohan joined the CounsellingResource.com team in 2013 as a contributor to Ask the Psychologist.
Dr Misty Hook, PhD
A licensed clinical psychologist in private practice in Texas, Dr Misty Hook received her PhD in counseling psychology from Ball State University. She was a professor of counseling psychology at Texas Woman’s University for five years, where she taught classes in counseling, family psychology, social psychology, the psychology of mothering and gender issues. Dr Hook also served as an adjunct professor for Southern Methodist University, where she taught courses in gender issues and family therapy for their counseling program.
Dr Hook currently counsels people of all ages. Her areas of specialization include families, couples, gender issues and giftedness, and she has several publications in these areas. She particularly enjoys linking psychological analysis to popular culture and has contributed to several The Psychology of… anthologies on series ranging from Harry Potter and The Simpsons to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. (See www.smartpopbooks.com.)
Dr Hook joined CounsellingResource.com as a contributor to Ask the Psychologist and the site blog Psychology, Philosophy and Real Life in 2011. You can learn more about her at www.instituteforhealthyrelationships.com.
A Licensed Professional Counselor practicing in Atlanta, Georgia, Gordon’s practice specializes in mental health issues surrounding the Internet and our increasingly technological world, including issues such as Internet addiction, compulsive gaming, and addiction to online pornography. In addition to his Masters in Counseling from Argosy University Atlanta, Gordon’s educational background includes a Bachelors in Psychology, Mathematics and Computer Science from Emory University, and a Masters in Computer Science from Georgia Institute of Technology.
Gordon Shippey joined CounsellingResource.com in 2010 as a regular contributor to our blog, Psychology, Philosophy and Real Life.
Dr Michael Wiederman, PhD
A professor of psychology at Columbia College in Columbia, South Carolina, Dr Wiederman received his doctorate degree in clinical psychology from Bowling Green State University. After completing his predoctoral internship at the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita, he completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the disordered eating program there.
Dr Wiederman has published more than 200 research articles and book chapters on a range of topics, including sexuality, disordered eating, gender, body image, and personality pathology. Over nearly 20 years as a professor, he has regularly taught courses on personality, psychological disorders, sexuality, and counseling theories and techniques. He most recently co-authored the book Transcending the Personality Disordered Parent: Psychological and Spiritual Tactics [Amazon-US | Amazon-UK].
Dr Wiederman joined the CounsellingResource.com team in 2013 as a contributor to Ask the Psychologist. For more information, visit his website at www.MindingtheMind.com.
Dr Elizabeth C. Wohl, PhD
A licensed psychologist in the states of Colorado and Texas (retired), Dr Liz Wohl received her PhD and MA in Counseling Psychology from the University of North Texas and her BA in English and Psychology from the University of Michigan. In addition to having worked in private practice, Dr Wohl has provided therapy, testing and assessment to individuals, families and couples at university counseling centers and community mental health centers. She is a member of the American Psychological Association as well as credentialed by The National Register of Health Service Psychologists.
Dr Wohl’s internship training in systems-oriented, narrative therapy as well as mindfulness-based cognitive therapy guides her practice. She specializes in anxiety, stress, depression/mood disorders, relationships, parenting/custodial grandparenting, vocational counseling, testing/assessment and developmental issues across the life span.
In addition to her practice, Dr Wohl has held an adjunct faculty position in the Counselor Education program at Texas State University and has taught undergraduate courses in the psychology of women, child development, and introductory psychology at UNT. She is also a published author on grandparents raising grandchildren, and has presented her research on creativity and affective traits at professional conferences.
Dr Wohl joined the CounsellingResource.com team in 2012 as a contributor to Ask the Psychologist. For more information, visit her website at www.drlizwohl.com.
Guest and Occasional Contributors and Contributors Emeriti
Many different people have made valuable contributions to the site on an occasional basis over the years. Some of these, together with our contributors emeriti, include the following:
- Mariana Barrancos (translator)
- Dr Susan Berel, PhD
- Silvia Bianconcini
- Dr Jim Bierman, PhD
- Dr Louis Breger, PhD
- Dr Paul Castell, PhD
- Dr Shailagh Clarke, PhD
- Sarah Coggrave
- Dr Cynthia Giocomarra, PsyD
- Evan Hadkins
- Dr Jennifer Harned Adams, PhD
- Joyce Houser
- Cindy Jett
- Kathryn Keats
- Kate Le Page
- Isabella Mori
- Dr Joseph Nowinski, PhD
- Marci Payne
- Dr Jennifer Ritchie-Goodline, PsyD
- Dr Alisa Robinson, PhD
- Dr Jennifer Taub, PhD
- Dr Sarah Walker, PhD
- Libby Webber
- Dr Virginia S Wood, PsyD
Authorship, Attribution and Citations
Originally, most content on CounsellingResource.com was written by Dr Greg Mulhauser, but in recent years the contributions of our wider team have taken on greater importance and occupied an increasing proportion of the overall material available on our site. The authorship of any particular content is normally specified clearly via a ‘by line’ near the top of the page. Examples of content which will be clearly marked as not written by Dr Mulhauser include:
- Ask the Psychologist replies
- Blog posts in Psychology, Philosophy and Real Life marked as written by one of our guest or long-term contributors rather than by Dr Mulhauser
- Book reviews (see “Book Reviews”) marked as written by one of several other contributors rather than Dr Mulhauser
- Comments written on blog articles by blog readers
- Guest contributions from other authors, and material written or compiled by staff researchers, other researchers or other agencies
In all cases, clear attribution is provided indicating the original source of materials not produced by our in-house team of contributors described above. In addition, specific citations are provided for all substantive objective claims (often, via reference to an entry in our research bibliography).
All pages carry an indication of the date they were last reviewed and/or modified. On a few pages — for example, in the “Mental Health News” section — the last reviewed date may not be as current as the most recent date of the news headline being displayed. In other words, our selection of news items provided by third parties is updated more frequently than it is explicitly reviewed. (Unlike some sites which use automatic re-blogging software to re-post other people’s news items, you won’t find us making ridiculous claims to have ‘professionally reviewed’ auto-posted content!)
When citing material from this site, you may find it useful to refer to the APA style guide for electronic references. Alternatively, one common format for citing electronic references is given in the following example:
Mulhauser, Gregory R. (Year) 9 Observations About the Practice and Process of Online Therapy. Downloaded [insert date you downloaded the article] from http://counsellingresource.com/ lib / supervision/ papers/ online-practice/
If you are citing materials for an academic paper or journal article, you may of course be required to use the preferred citation format of the relevant institution.
Why Do You Exist?
The site is inspired by the idea that open access to information can help consumers to make better informed choices and can help practitioners to provide a better service. Although some sites like to make a hard distinction between information for ‘consumers’ and information for ‘professionals’, we don’t do that: we do our best to make sure that everything on this site will be accessible and worthwhile for both segments of the population.
Up until recently, the site also served as ‘home base’ for Dr Mulhauser’s online counselling and online therapy practice, although this was not by any means the site’s primary purpose. (That primary purpose is, and will remain, to provide free access to information and resources in mental health, counselling and psychotherapy.) Dr Mulhauser’s online practice is now part of our spin-off site, MyTherapist.com.
You can read on a separate page about the Editorial Biases which influence the way the site develops and grows.
Funding and Advertising
CounsellingResource.com is an entirely free service. The site receives no funding or other support except for the time provided by Dr Mulhauser and the team, and advertisements placed by third parties.
The advertising you see through some areas of the site helps offset the costs of hosting it, developing it, and — most importantly — keeping it free for the thousands of visitors who come here every day. We primarily rely on context-driven advertising, whereby advertisements are automatically selected by a third party on the basis of the content on a page. This helps ensure that what is published on this site cannot be directly influenced by any advertiser: we do not know in advance who those advertisers might be, or what editorial influence they might like to exert if they had any. Fortunately, they don’t. More details are available on “Advertising Policy”.
We also occasionally work directly with individual advertisers. If you’d like more exposure for your website or private practice, advertising directly on our site — where your target audience is probably already looking — can be one of the most cost-effective ways of reaching people who will value what you have to offer. Just check “Targeted Mental Health Advertising to Professionals and Consumers” page for more details on our featured sponsorships and other ways of reaching your audience.
Gender Language, Spelling and More
In an attempt to remain gender neutral without introducing too many politically correct linguistic contortions, this site frequently adopts a grammatically incorrect device: many non-specific references employ third-person plural pronouns and possessives (they, them, their) rather than the strictly correct first person alternatives (he, him, his, she, her, hers).
The word ‘counselling’ appears throughout with the spelling used in the UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. The US spelling ‘counseling’ also appears throughout the site in material written by our US-based contributing authors. Where appropriate, both the US and UK spellings appear on the same page — for example in the bibliography or elsewhere that specific books or articles are mentioned, as well as in Ask the Psychologist articles which combine a non-US-authored question with a US-authored reply.
Although the Managing Editor is geographically based in the United Kingdom, we make every effort to provide information that is broadly relevant across the world.
CounsellingResource.com is a service of Mulhauser Consulting, Ltd., a company registered in England no. 4455464. Registered office: 55 De Tracey Park, Newton Abbot TQ13 9QT.